11 basic ways to get back on track when things fall apart

If you've fallen into old habits lately, you're not alone. Uncertain times can mean good habits derail—here's 11 daily rituals to have you feeling calm, confident and in control.

Right now I'm confident I'm not the only person who needs to know 11 basic ways to get back on track when things fall apart.

There was a moment recently when I realised a pandemic was not the cause of all my woes, although up until then I'd spent months blaming it for a stack of things that were going off the rails.

I'm a fitness fanatic but put on five kilos—the pandemic's fault.

I couldn’t train properly—pandemic's fault.

My frustration was building—pandemic's fault.

I started having negative thoughts and questioning everything—pandemic's fault.

A lot of blame.

A lot of justification.

A lot of denials.

Zero responsibility.

Time to get back on track.

As these old habits and patterns crept in, I thought to myself, 'I've been here before.' I wondered what was going on. I wondered how I got here. Again. This caused a lack of direction and I lost connection with those close to me because I was in my own head.

I don't want this to be a 'poor me' story. I know I've only lost motivation and drive, not my life or anything close to it. This pandemic has affected everyone in so many ways—loss of loved ones, businesses crippled overnight, economies devastated, jobs gone and whole industries wiped out.

The 24 hour news cycle and social media bombarding people's lives makes it all real and sometimes inescapable.

There is only so much we can take without putting things in place to look after our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

I decided to get back to basics.

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That meant doing what I know works after years of testing and implementing what the top thought leaders like Tony Robbins, Robin Sharma, Tim Ferriss, Warren Buffett, Joseph Murphy, Denis Waitley and Tom Bilyeu share.

I went back to a routine that consists of 11 must dos that would take care of every area of my life. 11 basic ways to get back on track when things fall apart.

These must dos are simple actionable and achievable. They produce a consistent outcome, just like having all the right ingredients in a cake, it will turn out pretty good each time when you follow the recipe.

The basics work.

The basics are proven.

The basics have been around for along time.

Gratitude—taking time to be thankful for what you have. Numerous studies show the significant impact on overall welling.

Meditation—It's like a mental diet, reset and cleansing of the mind. Try starting at five minutes, then work up from there.

Affirmation—reprograms limiting beliefs and increases self-confidence.

Visualising—creating a mental picture in your mind of how you want your life to look like.

Writing—this could be journaling, starting that book you have wanted to write or for me, I like writing blogs.

Reading—learning is the fastest way from where you are now to where you want to be. Growth is a core human need of the soul.

Exercising—we all know we need to do it! Training is a great way to improve our mood.

Stretching—with age, everything starts to seize up, stretching improves blood flow to joints and can reduce joint pain.

Marketing—you might not have a business, but we have to be improving our brand. There are no safe jobs anymore.

Family Time—phones off and being curious with partner and or kids.

Log Food—I have this to be the easiest and most straightforward way to lose weight or make sure I am getting enough calories when training hard.

I set up a simple checklist on a whiteboard that I look at every day and its a tick or cross whether I complete or not. You can spend five to 20 minutes of focused time on each to notice the benefits.

When I get into bed, I know if I've done these 11 things that I have had a good day. As Joe says, “The more things we take care of with routine the more uncertainty we can handle out in the real world.”

The world is changing daily and doing whatever we can to make sure our mindset and overall wellbeing are vital to make sure that we are for whats next.

I would love your thoughts on this list. What would you add? What should I try next? What's working for you?

Daniel Burgess
Daniel BurgessThe Coaching Institute